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Chainless Foundation Single Crochet: How to + Video Tutorial

Nothing has revolutionized my crochet life more than mastering this super simple technique – the chainless foundation. I am not one that enjoys crocheting into a chain. To me, it is tedious work. So when I learned how to make a crochet chain AND the first row of single (or double, or half double!) crochet AT THE SAME TIME, my mind was blown. Learn how to save time and tears in this video tutorial about how to make a chainless foundation single crochet.

WHY THE CHAINLESS FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET STITCH IS SO AMAZING:

Have you ever panicked when you read the beginning of a pattern that included chaining any more than 20, followed by crocheting all the way back down that chain? I know.

My heart rate is increasing even now as I think about it.

it. is. just. so. FIDDLY. Not to mention how long it takes!

Well fear no more, my friend. Your solution has arrived. The chainless foundation stitch makes the chain AND the first row of SINGLE crochet AT THE SAME TIME.

I’m going to give you a moment to just sit with that and take in the beauty of it.

No matter how fast you crochet, the fiddlyness of crocheting back into a chain adds so much time. Even though you’re adding an extra yarn-over when you’re making a chainless foundation, it’s just so much easier to get into flow just as if you were working on your 3rd or 4th row of a repeat.

Deep breath out. Ahhh. That is why I describe this stitch as revolutionary to my crochet life. I was so relieved. Like “where, oh where, chainless foundation, have you been all my life?” And this magical technique can be used with NOT ONLY single crochet, but half double, double and treble stitches as well.

So alas, let me begin by introducing you to some of the important characteristics of the chainless foundation single crochet stitch.

ABBREVIATION:

In a pattern, the chainless foundation single crochet stitch is abbreviated FSC.

HEIGHT:

The chainless foundation single crochet stitch is slightly taller than the traditional technique of chaining and then crocheting back into that chain. But only slightly taller.

VERSATILITY:

The characteristic that I love the most about this stitch is it’s beautiful stretch and flexibility. Often times a foundation row of single crochet that has been made by crocheting into a chain is tight and shorter than the rest of the project. When this happens with, a sweater, for example, the resulting comfort level and flex is NO BUENO.

Another annoying thing about crocheting into a chain is often times it can leave unsightly gaps between the stitches. Albeit, crocheting into the back bump of a chain almost completely eliminates this, there is still a look and feel to the chainless foundation that starts the flow of the project off perfectly.

WRITTEN STEPS:

  1. Slip knot knot your hook
  2. Chain 2
  3. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook
  4. Yarn over and pull up a loop (you now have 2 loops on your hook)
  5. Yarn over again and pull through ONE loop on your hook
  6. Yarn over and pull through the TWO loops on your hook
  7. Insert your hook into the bottom of that stitch (under both strands) and repeat steps 4-6

VIDEO TUTORIAL – CHAINLESS FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET:

I hope you feel as relieved as I did the day I learned about the chainless foundation. Leave a comment and let me know what other techniques have revolutionized your crochet life!

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How to Make a Single Crochet + Video Tutorial

Mastering the single crochet stitch is the best place to start when learning how to crochet. The techniques and finger + wrist movements that you learn when working through the single crochet will become the familiar foundation of all the crochet stitches and techniques you will learn afterwards. In this written + video tutorial you will learn how to make a single crochet stitch.

This tutorial is given using US terms. If your pattern is written in anything other than that, I’ve made a printable term conversion chart that you can reference so this all makes sense!

I’ll give you the written steps for how to make a single crochet stitch below, but it might be quicker to just watch my quick video tutorial which I’ve included below as well!

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Let me begin by introducing you to some of the important characteristics of the single crochet stitch.

ABBREVIATION & CHART SYMBOL:

In a pattern, the single crochet stitch is abbreviated SC (uppercase or lowercase). On a crochet chart, the symbol for single crochet is a “+” or an “X”.

HEIGHT & WEIGHT:

The single crochet stitch is short. It isn’t as short as a slip stitch, but it’s the next shortest basic stitch. Your project will not grow in height as quickly as using the taller half double crochet, double crochet or treble crochet. Because it is a nice stout stitch, the fabric it creates is tight and dense with very little drape and no gaps between stitches or rows. This is why it is the most common stitch used in amigurumi.

VERSATILITY:

Although it is one of the most basic stitches in the art of crochet, it is also super versatile. It can be used when crocheting rows, rounds and crocheted in any number of the 3 loops or the post of a stitch to create ribbing and other textures to your project.

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WRITTEN STEPS:

  1. Make a crochet chain in any number of stitches (or the number your pattern calls for)
  2. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook
  3. Yarn over and pull up a loop (you now have 2 loops on your hook)
  4. Yarn over again and pull through both loops on your hook
  5. Repeat steps 2-4, by inserting your hook through the next chain or stitch on your project

VIDEO TUTORIAL:

You’re now off and on your way! Keep practicing these steps over and over and soon the single crochet will become second nature to you.

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